News from St Mary's - March 2005
The Bishops' Pastoral Letter - Follow-up
Bishop of Winchester had written personally in December and stated that he was
appreciative of the evident detailed and prayerful consideration given by the
PCC and wider congregation. He took note of the challenges and questions raised
and all would be very helpful as the Standing Committee and Synod reflect on the
main themes arising from the initiative and how best to support and enable
parishes in taking forward their mission and work.
the two most important matters are first, to create a policy for youth and
second, to carry out a survey of parishioners. Whilst the survey had been
intended primarily to learn what support there might be for the proposals to
develop St Mary's church (assuming that it is decided to build the new porch
with a WC and kitchenette, and replace the Nave pews with chairs), views on the
reasons for not attending church will also be sought. It should take place soon
after Easter to tie in with the decision-making for the development project.
of St Mary's in 1898 by Francis Frith
Freeman Smith has kindly donated a beautifully framed and most interesting sepia
photo taken by Francis Frith of St Mary's. This showed the yew tree close to the
Porch to have been only a small trimmed bush. We hope to be given permission by
TVBC to remove these two trees in March and plant a silver birch near the east
end. A similar photo of Monxton Church shows that there was no yew tree at all.
Church and Churchyard
report was issued in 2004 from the Church of England Church Heritage Forum
"Building faith in our future" (www.cofe.anglican.org).
This is an important central policy document for preserving and enhancing our
church buildings, which provide 42% of all listed buildings, and attract central
Churchyard Meadows now have a new volunteer caring for them, and progress should
speed up. We would be very grateful for one or two younger volunteers to give
half an hour a week, at a time that suits them, in the Summer to help with grass
cutting. Please contact David Mallam on 772240.
Church and Churchyard Spring Clean - 9.30 a.m. 19 March
have several untidy corners inside the church, including sorting out the choir
vestry, and plenty of clearing needed in the churchyard. It may be that we can
remove the yew tree. Anyone who can spare a couple of hours early on Saturday 19
March will be very welcome indeed.
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